Films about Films

Films about Films

Go behind-the-scenes with these films about films. From acclaimed filmmakers exploring Bergman's remote Swedish home to Chantal Akerman dissecting her filmmaking process, these films pull back the curtain on the history of cinema, how films are made, and what they mean.

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Films about Films
  • In the Mirror of Maya Deren

    Directed by Martina Kudlácek • Documentary • With Miriam Arsham, Stan Brakhage, Chao Li Chi, Rita Christiani, Maya Deren • 2002 • 104 minutes

    With In The Mirror Of Maya Deren, documentary filmmaker Martina Kudlácek has fashioned not only a fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking and influential...

  • David Holzman's Diary

    Directed by Jim McBride • Drama • With Eileen Dietz, Kit Carson • 1967 • 73 minutes

    David Holzman's Diary is one of the most influential films of the 1960s, an "ingenious puzzle movie" (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader) that charts the self-destruction of a media-saturated youth. As news from the Viet...

  • The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

    Directed by Tinatin Gurchiani • Documentary • 2013 • 101 minutes

    A filmmaker puts out a casting call for young adults, aged 15- to 23. The director wants to make a film about growing up in her home country, Georgia, and find commonalities across social and ethnic lines. She travels through citie...

  • The Great Flood

    Directed by Bill Morrison • Documentary • 2013 • 80 minutes

    The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its earthen embankments in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was ...

  • To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter

    Directed by Emiko Omori • Documentary • 2013 • 78 minutes

    TO CHRIS MARKER, AN UNSENT LETTER is a cinematic love letter to Chris Marker, the notoriously private filmmaker and artist--director of LA JETEE, SANS SOLEIL, LE JOLI MAI and many other films, and self-described "best known author of unkn...

  • Directing Actors by Jean Renoir

    Directed by Gisèle Braunberger • Documentary • 1968 • 22 minutes

    Actor Gisèle Braunberger sits across a small table from Jean Renoir. She leans forward, focusing intently on the director, her hands rhythmically fidgeting, as he outlines the premise of the script page he is about to work through ...

  • The Cordillera of Dreams Extra - Patricio Guzmán Interview

    Directed by Pierre Denoits & Noémie Moreau • Documentary • 2020 • 25 minutes

    An in-depth interview with Patricio Guzmán about his career.

  • Abstract Cinema

    Directed by Keith Griffiths • Documentary • With Stan Brakhage, William Moritz, John Whitney, Michael Scroggins, Jules Engel • 1993 • 51 minutes

    Exploration of the work of pioneers in abstract cinema using rare archive film, film clips and interviews to demonstrate the influence of the early cin...

  • Mia Madre

    Directed by Nanni Moretti • Drama • With Margherita Buy, John Turturro • 2016 • 107 minutes

    Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a...

  • Trespassing Bergman

    Directed by Jane Magnusson, Hynek Pallas • Documentary • With Ang Lee, Laura Dern, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott • 2015 • 107 minutes

    A group of filmmakers visit Ingmar Bergman's house on the remote Swedish island of Faro to discuss his legacy, and the art of filmmaking. Ingmar Ber...

  • Invocation - Maya Deren

    Directed by Jo Ann Kaplan • Documentary • With Jana Sheldon, Helen Mirren, Hella Hammid, Alexander Hackenschmied, Amos Vogel • 1988 • 53 minutes

    Maya Deren is a legend of avant-garde cinema. This authoritative biography of the charismatic filmmaker, poet and anthropologist features excerpts from...

  • Tribute to Alfred Lepetit

    Directed by Jean Rousselot • Documentary • With Charlotte Rampling, Roman Polanski, Jean-Claude Brialy • 1999 • 8 minutes

    Alfred Lepetit is a legendary French production assistant with more than 200 films to his credit. Well, not exactly to his credit, since he refuses to let his name appear on-...

  • 2 X 50 Years of French Cinema

    Directed by Anne-Marie Miéville & Jean-Luc Godard • Documentary • With Michel Piccoli • 1995 • 50 minutes

    Jean-Luc Godard produced this ambitious project, directed by his wife, Anne-Marie Miéville. Travelling around six regions (each of which featured in a classic film) he interviews young local...

  • 100 Years of Japanese Cinema

    Directed by Nagisa Oshima • Documentary • With William B. White, Nagisa Oshima • 1996 • 52 minutes

    The forces and themes that have shaped his nation's cinema drive Nagisa Oshima's forceful and erudite essay. Based entirely on archive footage, it considers the rediscovery of Daisuke Ito's Chuji's...

  • 1914: A War of Images

    Directed by Günter Kaindlstorfer • Documentary • 2014 • 45 minutes

    World War I was the battlefield for the first propaganda war in history. The recently invented and very popular medium of film was used by all military parties to create deception and manipulate public opinion. Scientists, using ...

  • 40,000 Years of Dreaming

    Directed by George Miller • Documentary • With George Miller • 1996 • 65 minutes

    Mad Max director George Miller explores the tradition of film production in Australia, forging a link between the imported technology of filmmaking and the ancient Aboriginal creation myths. In parallel with tracing...

  • Decasia

    Directed by Bill Morrison • Documentary • 2002 • 67 minutes

    Often compared to Stan Brakhage, Bill Morrison created DECASIA entirely with decaying, old found footage, melded to the music of Bang on a Can's Michael Gordon, performed by the 55 piece basel sinfonietta. The result is a delirium of de...

  • A Boatload of Wild Irishmen

    Directed by Mac Dara O Curraidhin • Documentary • 2011 • 84 minutes

    Robert Flaherty (1884-1951) was the man credited with being the father of the modern documentary film after he produced and directed 'Nanook of the North' in 1922. Flaherty is one of the great name directors in the history of ci...

  • Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise

    Directed by Jennifer Townsend • Documentary • 2019 • 86 minutes

    Powerful, authentic, and timely, CATCHING SIGHT OF THELMA and LOUISE dives off the edge into the truth of women's experience in the world. It revisits the journey of Thelma and Louise through the lens of viewers who saw that iconic ...

  • Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • Documentary • 1996 • 64 minutes

    When asked to participate in the Cinema, of Our Time series, Chantal Akerman jokingly suggested herself as subject matter. She envisioned a film consisting solely of excerpts from her films, but when pressed by the producers to includ...

  • Cinema Novo

    Directed by Eryk Rocha • Documentary • 2016 • 90 minutes

    CINEMA NOVO is a film essay that poetically investigates the eponimous Brazilian film movement, the most prominent in Latin America in the past century, through the analysis of its main auteurs: Nelson Pereira do Santos, Glauber Rocha, Leo...

  • Cinema of Tears

    Directed by Nelson Pereira Dos Santos • Documentary • With Raul Cortez, André Barros, Christiane Torloni, Patrick Tannus, Cosme Alves Neto • 1995 • 95 minutes

    Personal view of the Latin American cinema by Brazilian director Nelson Pereira dos Santos, based on an adaptation of a novel by Silvia O...

  • Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World

    Movie + 1 extra

    Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940–2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's ALIEN. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex. Both a mesmerizin...

  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

    Directed by Bill Morrison • Documentary • 2017 • 120 minutes

    This meditation on cinema’s past from Decasia director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson Ci...